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This page outlines the criteria that will be used to select the players who will represent Canada at the 2015 WESPA Championship (WESPAC2015).
WESPAC2015 is an event with national allocations resembling those of the World SCRABBLE Championship (WSC). It will be held in Perth, Australia, from November 4-8, 2015. (There will also be a Last Chance Qualifier on November 3, 2015 in Perth that will select an additional 4 to 8 players.) Canada has been allotted 9 spots for the WESPAC2015. This document sets out how the 9 qualifiers will be chosen.
All players wishing to qualify must be NASPA members in good standing.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible.
Temporary Residents (TRs) are eligible with the following restrictions:
Players wishing to register for the qualification process can do so by contacting any member of the Canadian Committee. The application deadline for qualifying by peak rating is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on April 30, 2015. The deadline for registering for the Qualifying Tournament will be determined later.
The qualification period began on December 1, 2013 and ends on April 30, 2015. The qualification tournament will be held sometime in the summer thereafter.
Note: Tournaments that are in progress at the beginning or end of the QP will be considered to fall within the QP.
These are spots awarded by WESPA, typically for being a finalist in the previous WSC. Any spots awarded by WESPA do not count against Canada’s allotment. No one from Canada is expected to receive a spot awarded by WESPA for WESPAC2015.
These spots are awarded to eligible players who finish in the top quarter of the field in SCT 2013 while representing Canada. Players already awarded WESPA byes are not considered part of Canada’s allotment and do not count against the maximum number of spots to be awarded. These spots must be accepted before April 30, 2015. Any spots not claimed under this provision will be awarded based on peak rating.
Qualified under this criterion:
Two spots will be reserved for a qualifying tournament. The remaining 6 spots will be awarded based on Peak Rating.
Note: Second highest rating can be taken from either rating system.
Note that if the QT is eliminated then this section will be revised
The following players have registered for WESPAC2015:
John Chew declined his spot due to family commitments.
The following players (listed in alphabetical order) have expressed interest in participating in the qualifying tournament:
Players who accept an allotted spot under criteria 2 or 3, and who withdraw without a valid reason after the QT will not be permitted to qualify for the next event with WSC-like national allocations except through the QT.
This only applies if there is a QT for WESPA2015.
Any dispute regarding the interpretation of any of the above rules and criteria will be resolved by the NASPA Canadian Committee.